Stolen freedom: the policing response to modern slavery and human trafficking
On 28 July 2016, the Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services to inspect the police’s response to the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in England and Wales.
The inspection took place between November 2016 and March 2017 and adopted a wide-ranging methodology that included:
- examination of data and self-assessments from all 43 forces in England and Wales;
- fieldwork in ten forces, four regional organised crime units and the National Crime Agency; and
- interviews with national leads and experts.
We also reviewed 92 concluded or current case files from the ten forces that we inspected.
This report sets out the findings from our inspection and recommendations for improvement.